Time to say goodbye to the Nikon 85mm f1.8D

The time has come for me to move on and sell my Nikon 85mm f1.8D Lens (mail me if you’re interested). It has been such an excellent lens and you only have to look through the blog, where over 95% of the shots have been taken with it on the Nikon D7000. Here is one I really like and shows how good the combination is.

The Big Smile
The Big Smile – Nikon D7000 and 85mm f1.8D

I was tempted to keep it, and shell out about £650 for the Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens for my EM5. However that is a good amount to pay, and I am still not flowing with the EM5. I admit that this is probably down to me not using it as much as I should, but that is because I am not getting the results I would like, so keep going back to the D7000 & 85mm. I used Ians’ 75mm on the EM5 and got some good results, one of which is below. Also the two posts in February, shot on the same day, Two Pairs of Spectacles & The Indoor Market

Street Portraitist at Work Olympus EM5 & Olympus 70mm 1.8
Street Portraitist at Work – Olympus EM5 and 70mm f1.8

Last weekend I used Ians’ 75mm on the Olympus again, but it still wasn’t flowing for me. So after just a few shots I put it in the bag and got out the D7000 & 85mm. Which resulted in plenty of good shots of which there are a couple below.

Painting the Face
Painting the Face – Nikon D7000 and 85mm f1.8D
Is this the French game?
Is this the French game? – Nikon D7000 and 85mm f1.8D

So after shooting last Saturday, I decided that I would stick with the D7000 for my Street shots, and still carry the EM5 if the opportunities arose, and also for our trips abroad this year. You can also see why I made that decision when viewing the previous post, which were all taken with the D7000 & 85mm 1.8D.


So why ditch the 85mm if you are so happy with it? I hear you ask. Well, I may not have heard you, but you are probably thinking that. Well I realised that, with this being such a great combination then why not get one of these!

Nikon 85mm 1.8G

This is the Nikon 85mm f1.8G. Nikons latest 85mm lens. After reading the reviews I thought why not sell my 1.8D to help fund it.

On a side note there is a Nikon 85mm f1.4G, but I have read that the image quality is not much different, in fact a lot of reviews say the 1.8G is better, and the 1.4G being over 3 times the price I thought the 1.8G was the right one for me.

I can’t wait now to get out and shoot, and get a post on here.


I bought the new lens from photospecialist.co.uk. They are the UK arm of Dutch based Foto Konijnenberg. All the goods have a 2 year warranty and ship from Holland by UPS in 48 hours. What was also great was the tracking information so you can see where it is at any time. It is nice to recommend a company that you get good service from, both Photospecialist & UPS.

UPS Delivery 85mm 1.8G

2 thoughts on “Time to say goodbye to the Nikon 85mm f1.8D

  1. I had a blow to my heart when I read that you sold your 85! what? your favorite lens? As you have sometimes some problems with the EM-5, I would have thought you might have sold it. ( I hope not !) I am relieved to learn that it’s actually for the same kind of lens, but more efficient. Do you really think it will change the quality of your shots ? maybe for the sharpness ? witch seems already perfect with you 85 1.8D… well, if it makes you happy, that’s all that matters.
    I can’t wait to see new pictures 😉

  2. I purposely wrote the post like that to give the impression that I wasn’t going to use the 85mm anymore. Yes to the better quality, and the change.

    I will be keeping the EM5. I was really pleased with the shots above of both 85mm lenses as I took them with the EM5 and 45mm, and were so much better than the D7000 and 50mm.

    So I think it is horses for courses. Using both cameras as you do with the EM5 and Pentax. They both have situations where they excel at.

    I haven’t been able to get out, and with work this week, and a terrible weather forecast it may be a while. I can’t wait to get to Toulouse though Esther.

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